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Bud Cauley rode one of the more interesting opening nines en route to a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in his second round of the Valero Texas Open.

It's not often that all eight of a golfer's pars during a single round occur consecutively, but the likelihood is even less that the first par isn't penciled in until the 10th hole of the round. That was Cauley's reality today. He opened with a birdie at the par-4 first hole where he holed out from a greenside bunker. Two more birdies trailed, the second of which conventionally from 14'7". He then closed out his outward side double bogey-birdie-bogey-bogey-birdie-bogey. After his last par at 17, he rolled in a birdie from 11'3" almost as if to tell TPC San Antonio that he had the last word.
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 04:58:00 PM

First-timer and 54-seed Hideto Tanihara knocked out 47-seed Ross Fisher 4-and-2 in quarterfinal play at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and will square off in the Final Four against 1-seed Dustin Johnson, who dispatched 8-seed Alex Noren 3-and-2.

Fisher exits stage right with a 3-2-0 record and a T5, just shy of his best of solo 4th on debut in 2009. Tanihara, who's playing his fourth overall WGC event but first Match Play, continued his surprising romp to the semifinals. He improved to 4-0-1 and with at least a top-4 finish, may be enough to get the World No. 60 into the Masters, only his second appearance and first since 2007. The 38-year-old was 1 DOWN early to Fisher's par at the first, and all square as late as the fifth, but took the lead for good with an up-and-down birdie at the par-5 sixth. Tanihara built the lead to 5 UP thru 13 holes, two of the wins with birdies at nine and 13, gave two back after back-to-back birdies for the Englishman at 14 and 15, but closed out with a concession at the par-5 16th.
Mar 25 - 5:34 PM

42-seed Bill Haas upended 14-seed Phil Mickelson 2-and-1 in quarterfinal action of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and advances to the Final Four against 21-seed Jon Rahm, while Mickelson departs his 13th Match Play with a 4-1-0 record and a T5, tying his previous best in 2004.

Haas never trailed in the contest, taking a 1 UP lead with an 8-footer for birdie at the par-4 first. It was all square one time, after the par-4 second, when the Hall of Famer won with par. The Wake Forest alum took the lead (for good) on the very next hole, with another birdie-3, and circled the fourth and fifth, both from inside of six feet to go 3 UP. The lead would stay the same thru nine before Lefty trimmed the margin to 2 DOWN with birdie at 10, and 1 DOWN with par at the 12th. Haas moved to 2 UP with birdie-3 at 15 and for the first time this week, Mickelson had to play the par-5 16th. He had an eagle try from 10'4" to win the hole, but slid by right. The duo headed to the par-3 17th with Haas clinging to a 2 UP lead and Haas ended it after a conventional 2-putt par.
Mar 25 - 5:04 PM

Andrew 'Beef' Johnston remained blemish-free for a second straight round at the Puerto Rico Open, styling a bogey-free, 6-under-par 34-32=66 during the third round to reach 13-under 203 and set another career low on the PGA TOUR.

The popular Englishman fired a career-low 67 in yesterday's lap of Coco Beach Golf and Country Club. He wasted no time rewriting the record books, as he clipped it by one today (33rd career TOUR round). His last bogey at this event came at the par-4 ninth during round one, a stretch of 37 straight blemish-free holes. Today's round was all set up by great play off-the-tee, striping 11 (of 14) fairways to take full advantage of lift, clean, and place. From there, he peppered 16 greens and walked off in style by splashing home a lengthy birdie putt from outside 15 feet at the par-5 18th. A three-time winner overseas (1 Euro Tour, 2 Challenge Tour), Johnston will be vying for his first PGA TOUR title tomorrow in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
Mar 25 - 4:45 PM

21-seed Jon Rahm made easy work of 62-seed Soren Kjeldsen 7-and-5 in the quarterfinals of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play and advances to the semifinals against the winner of the 14-seed Phil Mickelson and 42-seed Bill Haas match. UPDATE: Rahm will face Haas who knocked out Mickelson 2-and-1.

Kjeldsen, a first-time TOUR member (though not a rookie) departs with a 4-1-0 record and a T5, his best finish in 16 overall WGC events. His previous best was T7 at the 2009 CA Championship. Rahm, also a first-time member though not a rookie, went for T3 in his WGC debut three weeks ago in Mexico (his last start), so he has a chance to beat that on Sunday. Once again, the Spaniard did not trail in the match, taking a 1 UP lead with par at the first and 2 UP with birdie-3 at three (from 9'2"). He went 3 UP with eagle at the par-5 sixth (from 4'5") and won the eighth with par. The 21-year-old extended to 4 UP with his fifth par breaker at the 10th, 6 UP with another birdie at the par-5 12th (from 11'9") and closed out with a hole and match concession at the par-4 13th.
Mar 25 - 4:25 PM

In a battle of the undefeated, 8-seed Alex Noren got the best of 20 Brooks Koepka 3-and-1 in Round of 16 play at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and advances to the quarterfinals to face 1-seed Dustin Johnson.

Koepka, the Group 9 winner, departs with a 3-1-0 record, while Noren will square off against Johnson a bit later, both 4-0-0. The 34-year-old Swede, who didn't have to play at all on Friday (due to Francesco Molinari's WD), never trailed in the match versus the younger American. He won the first and the third with pars, lost holes 5 and 6 with Koepka circling the fifth for his first birdie while Noren labored to double bogey-7. Noren won the seventh and ninth with 3s, the latter with birdie to go 2 UP, while Koepka narrowed with birdie-3 at the 10th. Noren extended to 3 UP thru 13 holes, and won at the 17th when Koepka hooked his tee ball to the par 3 into the hazard and conceded the hole and the match.
Mar 25 - 1:35 PM

1-seed Dustin Johnson knocked out 44-seed Zach Johnson 5-and-4 in Round of 16 play at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and will do battle with 8-seed Alex Noren in the quarterfinals.

DJ was the Group 1 champ with a 3-0-0 record while ZJ was the Group 16 winner with a 2-1-0 mark and suffered his second setback of the week. Through four matches complete, the World No. 1 has yet to trail in the 60 holes he's had to play thus far. He'll be facing the Swede Noren in a battle of undefeated's. DJ took a 1 UP lead with a 14-footer for birdie-3 at the first, won the third on concession, and gave one back to Zach's first (of only two) two birdies on the day at the fourth. He extended to 4 UP by the break, winning holes 6, 8 and 9 (bookending that run with birdies), lost the 12th with par, but then brushed aside the elder Johnson with back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14, both from inside of 15 feet.
Mar 25 - 1:23 PM

First-timer and 54-seed Hideto Tanihara upended 12-seed Paul Casey 2-and-1 in Round of 16 action at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and will square off against 47-seed Ross Fisher in the quarterfinals.

The Japanese up-and-comer was an improbable winner of Group 5 with a 2-0-1 mark while Casey zipped through Group 12 with a 3-0-0 record. Tanihara never trailed in the match, though Casey got the contest to all square three separate times. The 38-year-old Tokyo resident went 1 UP with birdie-3 at No. 1, Casey leveled with par at the second, but he bogeyed five and seven, giving Tanihara a 2 UP margin. That scenario switched for Casey at eight and 10, with the Englishman getting back to all square with pars. Tanihara won the 11th (concession), lost the 13th to Casey's third birdie of the match, but then closed out with a birdie-birdie run on 16 and 17, both from inside of five feet.
Mar 25 - 1:11 PM

47-seed Ross Fisher eliminated 13-seed Bubba Watson 4-and-3 in Round of 16 play at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and will face 54-seed Hideto Tanihara in quarterfinal action later today.

Watson was the Group 13 winner and departs with a 2-1-1 record. Fisher prevailed in Group 4 with a 2-1-0 record, advancing in a 2-man playoff. Watson took the early 1 UP lead with birdie-3 at hole 1, but the Englishman leveled it with a birdie-3 of his own at 2 (from 13'7"). Fisher won the third (with par), lost the fifth to Watson's second birdie from inside of 10 feet, and went 1 DOWN with bogey-4 at 7. Fisher squared the match at eight (par) and went 1 UP thru nine with another par 4, and never relinquished the lead from there. He went 2 UP with birdie-2 at 11 (21-footer from the fringe), went 3 UP with par at the 13th, and then knocked out Watson with a hole-out 3 from a greenside bunker at the par-4 15th.
Mar 25 - 12:56 PM

42-seed Bill Haas outlasted 46-seed Kevin Na 1 UP in Round of 16 action at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and will face 14-seed Phil Mickelson (4-0-0) in the quarterfinals later this afternoon, while Na departs with a 2-2-0 overall record.

Haas was the Group 11 winner (2-1-0), advancing out of the Group Stage with a 6-hole playoff win, while Na was the Group 6 winner with the same record and also in sudden death. For the first time this week, Haas had to go the distance, with neither opponent reaching more than a 2 UP advantage, which is where Haas found himself thru nine holes. On the inward half, Na battled back to all square, winning the 13th and 14th with birdie-3s, but the Wake Forest alum won 15 with par and that's where the match would end with each players finishing with a final birdie at 16 and two pars.
Mar 25 - 12:42 PM

62-seed Soren Kjeldsen sent first-timer and 48-seed William McGirt packing with a 5-and-4 triumph in Round of 16 action at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and will face 21-seed Jon Rahm (4-0-0) in the quarterfinals.

The Dane was the improbable Group 2 winner with a perfect 3-0-0 record while McGirt was the surprise winner of Group 15, also unblemished. This match was all square thru four holes, with Kjeldsen taking the par-4 second with par and McGirt leveling with birdie-3 at three from 21'10". The 41-year-old Euro circled the par-4 fifth (5'6") to go 1 UP and never looked back from there. He took a 3 UP lead with pars at eight and nine, went 4 UP with his fourth birdie of the match at the par-5 12th (14'5"), and closed out the 37-year-old North Carolina native with a 46-incher for birdie-3 at 14.
Mar 25 - 12:31 PM

14-seed Phil Mickelson distpached 28-seed Marc Leishman 4-and-3 in Round of 16 action at the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play and will meet the winner of the 42-seed Bill Haas and 46-seed Kevin Na match later this afternoon. UPDATE: Mickelson will face Haas in the quarterfinals.

The 46-year-old won Group 14 with a perfect 3-0-0 record while Leishman won Group 3 with a 2-1-0 mark, eventually prevailing in a 3-man playoff. Through four matches thus far, this is the furthest that Mickelson's been tested, but that said, it never was close. The Hall of Famer took a 1 UP lead with birdie at the par-4 third (from 13'2"), went 2 UP at four (concession), and went 3- and 4 UP, respectively, with a par-birdie finish to the first nine. He went 5 UP thru 10 (another concession), gave two holes back at 11 and 12, the former to the Aussie's second birdie of the match (par-4 fifth), but closed him out at hole 15 with a third concession of the match.
Mar 25 - 12:19 PM




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